Commenting on Bhutan’s report-IV

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Mexico
What supports Bhutan needs to expand education. Ratify convention on refugees. Fight against terrorism must match international standard. End ethnic discrimination.

Latvia
Promote national commission on women.

Uzbekistan
Ratify all human rights instruments. 

Norway
Appreciates transition. Engage civil society in UPR process. Ratify all human rights instruments. Invite rappoteur on freedom of religion. End gander gap. Bring more women in political during local elections. Concerned that none refugees are allowed to return. 

Argentina
Ratify convention on torture. 

Slovenia
Ratify all human rights instruments and Rome statute. Nepali children restricted from services and are discriminated. Give equal rights to them. 

Morocco
Promote democratic principles and values. Good efforts by NCWC to protect rights of women and children. Broaden capacity of the commission. What measure taken to end employments and job creation for women in rural areas. 

Saudi Arabia
Bhutan showed how much it attaches to human rights review. Bring laws in line with international instruments. Good progress in education. Things not moving as expected.

Slovenia
Why Nepalis are categorized into seven groups? F1 are restricted all facilities. What measure taken to protect their rights. Ratify all rights instruments. 

Italy
Appreciates abolition of capital punishment. Ratify international human rights  treaties. Establish effective mechanism to protect human rights. Allow international human rights bodies to set up office there. Refugees and minorities are concerns. 

Pakistan
Bhutan has good GNH philosophy for development. Wish for achieving MDGs ahead of the plan. Tell more about kidu system. Ratify more international human rights instruments. 

Chile
Ratify ICCPR, its protocol, convention against torture, convention on racial discrimination, convention on international court. Protect rights of children and disabled people.

France
What measure there to end child labour. Become member of the ILO. Ratify international human rights instruments. Concerned about refugees. Find sustainable solution. 

Spain
Good progress on human rights. End use of children in pornography. Ratify convention on racial discrimination, convention against forced disappearance, convention on cultural and political rights, convention on economic and cultural rights. Form agency to protect right of children and disabled people. Call special rappoteur on religious rights. 

Azerbaijan
Establish national human rights commission. Improve situation of vulnerable children. Ensure free education to all children. World must help Bhutan to protect and promote human rights. 

UK
Noted committee on human rights in National Assembly. Sexual abuse, domestic violence is concern. Need more units to protect their rights. What measure to ensure more parties? How Bhutan guarantee media freedom and freedom of speech and expression. Bring legislation on freedom media and rights of minorities.

Japan
Ready to extend all support. Determine the nationality of refugees. Resolve through dialogues. Mainstream gender issues, eliminate violence against women and children, and ensure fair justice. 

Switzerland
Appreciates transition. Promote democratic values. Make more discussion on human rights. Ensure rights of minorities. Concerned about refugees and Lhotsampas in Bhutan. Situation has not resolved the issue. The parliament must resume dialogue. Bhutan must make dialogue with UN agencies. 

Venezuela
Good progress in education and health units. Close the gender gap in education. Address shortage of teachers.

Poland
Welcome for ratifying optional protocol on CRC. Nepalis facing discrimination. Change citizenship act. Children made stateless. How Bhutan will end the statelessness and domestic violence.

USA
14 % are categorized non national. What efforts made to protect rights of these people. What measures taken to end ethnic discrimination? Empower women empowerment. Ensure equal access to women in higher education. Expand to adult education. Bring act on domestic violence. End trafficking. Work with UNHCR and core group countries to repatriate to some refugees.

Latvia
Promote national commission on women.

Uzbekistan
Ratify all human rights instruments. 

Norway
Appreciates transition. Engage civil society in UPR process. Ratify all human rights instruments. Invite rappoteur on freedom of religion. End gander gap. Bring more women in political during local elections. Concerned that none refugees are allowed to return. 

Argentina
Ratify convention on torture. 

Slovenia
Ratify all human rights instruments and Rome statute. Nepali children restricted from services and are discriminated. Give equal rights to them. 

Morocco
Promote democratic principles and values. Good efforts by NCWC to protect rights of women and children. Broaden capacity of the commission. What measure taken to end employments and job creation for women in rural areas. 

Saudi Arabia
Bhutan showed how much it attaches to human rights review. Bring laws in line with international instruments. Good progress in education. Things not moving as expected.

Kuwait
Good progress in media freedom and expand media. Continue that. Build capacity of journalists. UN must support Bhutan technically. 

Bhutan responses

Rinzhin
NCWC is full autonomous body to protect women and child rights. CRC and CEDAW report presented. Suggestions implemented. Priority given to violence against women and children. Child care and adoption bill prepared. Sent to parliament. Domestic violence preparing. Awareness on domestic violence. No trafficking, information sharing started across the border. NCWC is limited in its capacity.

Tashi
Strong laws to end child labor. No exact age for admission to works. Laws can be made if there are lesbians or gays. Judiciary not interfered by any others.

Maina Khadka
Government priority to provide free education in rural areas. No discrimination to any ethnic groups in education. NFE education available. 13,000 NFE learners. Drop outs declined. Drop outs by 2015 to zero percent. Health facilities are available to all without discrimination. Maternal mortality rate reduced. NOC, SCC is not required to get education and health services. 

Thakur Powdyal
GNH is dramatic approach. Man needs are not really material but social and emotional. No relation between material wellbeing and happiness. Production and consumption is not all human wants. GNH promotes good governance. GNH commission is in place to its operational. Committees in all govt agencies. 72 indices developed. 5 GNH conferences held so far. 5 member taskforce formed. Best of GNH is best of humanity.

Kinzang
Bhutan ready to cooperate with UN human rights agencies. OHCHR and WGAD representatives visited Bhutan. UNHCR chiefs visited Bhutan. Positive to work with UN. Bhutan ready to welcome CEDAW committee. 

Yeshey
2005 report on minorities does not contain anything about Bhutan. Serious question on credibility of such report. Bhutan committed to bilateral process. At any time, we can resume. Appreciation for resettling refugees. It is humanitarian problem. International community must support for its resolution. 

Kinzang
Conclusion remarks.